Sunday 7 June 2020 / 12:41 PM Liz Kendall / Social Care

Government too slow to act on care home testing

Liz Kendall, Shadow Minister for Social Care, responding to Matthew Hancock’s comments on care home testing, said:

“Last month the Health Secretary promised that by 6 June, all residents and staff in care homes for the over 65s would be tested. Today he said that care homes would only have tests ‘delivered’.

“This isn’t good enough and the Government has been too slow to act. Care home residents and staff need to be regularly tested if we are are going to get to grips with this virus. And we swiftly need to move to regularly testing family members too, so they can safely visit their loved ones.

“Ministers should now implement a comprehensive strategy for regularly testing all care homes – including for the under 65s- and give social care services the priority and resources they deserve.”